DeShara C. Doub is a compassionate and servant leader, who thrives on elevating those who desire to live their best lives. She is passionate about her profession and has an unwavering commitment to social justice and equality for oppressed and underserved populations. DeShara is a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, licensed through the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Her therapeutic approach is collaborative and utilizes a common factor’s framework, recognizing that people are the expert in their lives. Her clinical emphasis includes Counseling, Couples, Intimacy, Death & Grief, Depression, LGBTQIA, Mental Illness, Pre-marital Counseling, Spirituality, Religion, Trauma & Violence.
DeShara earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication, with a minor in Pan African Studies, and a Master of Science in Social Work, with a specialization in Couple and Family Therapy, all from the University of Louisville. DeShara also earned a Certificate in Black Church Studies from Louisville Seminary. Amongst her educational credits, DeShara has completed Level 1 C.P.E. in accordance with the standards of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator. Her range of clinical experiences include a hospital chaplaincy in the areas of palliative care, oncology, neonatal, and emergency room, trauma and sexual assault care, educational and residential youth services, non-custodial fatherhood program, residential facility for the treatment of chemical dependency and a private practice group setting.
DeShara has received awards for her commitment to advocacy and social justice from the University of Louisville, such as the MSSW Outstanding Student recognition, the Graduate Dean Citation, the Raymond A. Kent Student Award, Engagement and Service Awards. DeShara was awarded the Community Impact Award from the Kentucky Alliance Against Racial and Political Oppression. In addition, DeShara was extended the invitation to join the Golden Key International Honour Society, a honor only received by top performing graduate students. She has also received the Hometown Hero Award through the Office of Black Church Studies and Advance Learning at Louisville Seminary.
DeShara holds professional memberships in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists as a Pre-Clinical Fellow, and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.